Hawaii Intermodal Tank Transport is relocating its headquarters from Newport Beach, California to Port Manatee Commerce Center –located at the entrance to Port Manatee on Tampa Bay.
Hawaii Tank got its start transporting milk from California to Hawaii and is now experiencing a great deal of growth in the orange juice market here in Florida. Due to its uniquely designed tank container, Hawaii Tank allows transportation of up to 6,350 gallons per container of food-grade product delivered by land, sea and rail - without the need for refrigeration. Due to its super insulation and sterilization process, food-grade producers have been migrating to Hawaii Tank for the intermodal transportation of fruit juices, dairy, and other temperature-sensitive liquid food products.
“By transporting bulk in our tanks, we give our customers numerous advantages over traditional methods such as drums and bins,” said Bahman Sadeghi, managing member of Hawaii Tank. “Our Integrated Transport Solution (ITS) results in significantly higher payload, greater efficiency and convenience, a reduced carbon footprint, while still maintaining product quality and integrity for our customers.”
The company is consolidating their offices in Newport Beach, California and Miami, Florida to a 23,000 square foot office warehouse building located at Port Manatee Commerce Center (PMCC). PMCC is a 23 acre intermodal property located just outside the security gates at the entrance to Port Manatee. “We are excited about attracting this new business to the Port Manatee area”, says Kevin Button, PMCC Operations Manager. “Being located outside the port security gates but still contiguous with port property enables Hawaii Tank to simplify its operation - allowing truck drivers to pickup loads without having to enter port security.”
Hawaii Tank has recently secured a long-term contract with one of the largest orange juice producers in Florida. They will be looking into moving food-grade products out of Port Manatee to Europe, as well as Central and South America. The company is also evaluating potential synergies to move goods in and out of Mexico on Sea Bridge Freight, which operates a weekly barge service between Brownsville, Texas and Port Manatee. “Hawaii Tank is a good example of how a single port customer can create multiple business opportunities for the region,” said Steve Tyndal, Port Manatee’s Sr. Director of Trade Development and Special Projects.
“Sea Bridge Freight is the ocean carrier. Federal Marine Terminals acts as the stevedore. Port Manatee Commerce Center gains a new customer for warehouse and office space. Florida citrus processors now have a new and reliable offshore source to complement domestic citrus juice production. Companies like Hawaii Tank create new jobs and business platforms, bringing important new revenue to the area.”